Airport: Naia Terminal 3

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Naia Terminal 3 is located near Villamor Airbase, just right in front of the new casino, Resorts World. This airport is one of the most UNfriendly and money-hoarding airport there is. Yes, the beautiful structure and clean, sparkly interior can be deceiving. Although there are only 2 airlines that use this airport, namely Airphilexpress and Cebu Pacific Air the lines can get too long and waiting time can be for hours. Waiting time for what, you say? For everything.

The Departure:

The Departure area is located at the 2nd floor. The private cars can unload directly infront of the gates. The taxi cabs, however must be in another aisle parallel to the gates. Though it is not too far. Friends and family can go in and accompany the flyers until the check-in counters.

The disadvantage for those traveling in international flights, namely Cebu Pacific customers is that although you probably got a bargain  in those ticket fares, you will get robbed by the Airport Tax which is P1620/person. Aside from this, you have to pay another P750 for the airport terminal fee. Add it all up....not really a bargain eh? In addition, the receipts are manually handwritten by at most 2 people thus making the queue long enough for you to miss your flight. Then you have to go back to the check-in counters to claim your ticket. Hassle? Yes.

Inside the airport is nice although there can be a long queue in the immigrations counter plus another long queue for the xray scanner. so better make sure you arrive ahead of time if you don't want to run in your socks to the departure gate.

The Arrival:

Arrival in Naia Terminal 3 can be a drag. The only mode of transportation available out of this area is a taxi. There are 3 kinds of taxis:

1. Fixed rate taxis - are very expensive. Unless you are a foreigner with really deep pockets, do not get this one. They bloat the fares up to 4-6x the real amount. (Example: Naia 3 to Mandaluyong = P650) No wonder nobody lines up for this. These are the taxis you will probably see right just outside the arrival area.

Fixed rate taxis. No one bothers to line up.

2. Airport Metered Yellow taxis - are slightly expensive. Unless you are in a rush, do not take this too. The flag down rate is P70 then the per km rate is P4.50. (Using the same example above: P218.50). These taxis can be found near the arrival area. Just walk further ahead.

Yellow metered cabs. Not much people there either.

3. Plain taxis - are the ordinary ones. The flag down rate is P35 and P2.50 per km. These are the local taxis that can be found anywhere. They are located on the 2nd floor of the airport, yes in the departure area. Needless to say, these are the taxis that came to the airport with a fare. To get to these taxis, do NOT go out of the arrival area. Instead, use the escalator near Bay 3 (can be found on the left side of the airport when you get out of immigration), go out of the departure area then flag down those taxis that just let off passengers. (Using the same example: P112.50)
    However, the down side of the plain taxis is that when it gets late, they tend to be scarce. As in 2hours-worth-of-waiting-scarce. The line for these taxis take up almost the entire length of the departure area. As the night progresses, the taxis tend to be more picky with their passengers. They usually won't want to go to traffic places or far away cities. But if you beg, they take you in exchange for a little bonus (P50-80). So if you're up for that, ride away. But if you did, why didn't you just line up at the metered yellow taxi?! You could have saved a lot of time.

    In essence, I think that this airport is fairly a success in providing a gateway to the airplanes. But i find it silly of the government not to provide cheap, multiple ways of getting in and out of this airport. It is as if their area of responsibility is until the airport doors only and once you get out, you're on your own. 

    Way to go to promote tourism!

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